The 6/27/2014 edition of The Verge published an article by Adi Robertson that examines the author’s experience using Google Glass to process translations. Long story short, the device did an excellent job at taking what has become a technologically rooted staple of the concert experience to its next logical evolutionary step.
At a showing last week, the system worked surprisingly well. Readable but minimally distracting translations floated in the corner of my vision, allowing me to move my eyes instead of my head. And unlike a seat-back or projection system, it didn’t matter which direction I was facing. That meant that performers could walk down the aisle singing, or start dancing in the back rows, and there was no reason not to watch them. Glass has rarely felt natural to me, but this replaced a system that was already artificial and sometimes inconvenient, requiring nothing more than a glance upward. Few things seem like obvious fits for Google Glass so far, but this is one of them.
It would be surprising if there isn’t a healthy amount of blowback against the notion of incorporating wearable tech into the concert experience but think about how long it took the field to embrace supertitles with open arms. They were introduced 31 years ago and it took a good 20 years before they became an expected part of most live opera productions.
Consequently, is it really all that surprising to think that wearable technology will find a place inside opera halls by the year 2034?
But back to the present day, I’m curious to know how you would handle the option of using wearable tech during a live opera performance.
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